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cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we
of afghanistan today ordered all u.s. special operations forces to leave an embattled area of that country within two weeks because of torture and other allegations against afghans working with the americans. the area is wardak province, not far from kabul. for more on this, we turn to nbc pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. jim, what is this all about? >> lester, this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials, taken totally by surprise. military officials strongly deny u.s. commandos condone or took part in any kidnappings, torture or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. now, in the past, president karzai has taken the u.s. military to task, in part, to show the afghan people that he's in charge. but wardak province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan. so if karzai's playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game, lester. >> could this derail the planned 2014 withdrawal of the majority of troops, the schedule the administration is currently sticking with? >> well, people are already wondering that. president obama has already a
another terrorist attack on a u.s. outpost overseas. this time the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey, where we find our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel tonight. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the american flag here at the embassy has been lowered to half staff. the attack took place just up this road behind me, which has now been closed by turkish police. chaos of police and ambulances in one of ankara's most fortified districts. embassy row. on one stretcher, a well-known turkish journalist. she had come to have tea with the ambassador. she was at a visitor's gate in a security screening room when a suicide bomber came in and reached for his waist. a guard yelled "bomb" and then it exploded. turkish media identified the bomber who killed himself and a turkish guard. >> right now we are all dealing with our sadness at the loss of our fellow member of our embassy. we salute his bravery. >> reporter: the turkish government says the bomber was part of a radical leftist group that accuses turkey of being an american puppet of imperialism. the group hates u.s
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the president's use of drones to kill al qaeda suspects, including, in some cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated in an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda, and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico, and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens, who are operation
to justify the president's use of drones to kill al qaeda suspects, including, in some cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated in an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda, and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico, and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens, who
the troops are accused of torturing and abusing other afghans. u.s. officials appear to have been caught off-guard by the order. he say they take the allegations seriously and will launch an investigation. >>> the jury is still out on hollywood's favorite movies of 2012, but we know which ones the critics love to hate. the razzies announced last night. we'll tell what you was recognized as lousy. we'll see how long this ooh kfc. hey, you're supposed to wait for everybody. you know what, while we're waiting why don't we play a game of hide and seek? right now? yeah go hide. go on buddy. one, two... [ son ] come and find me! three! [ son ] are you even looking for me? i am looking! [ male announcer ] bite-sized chicken's grown up. kfc bites. freshly hand-breaded big bites of premium breast meat, seasoned in the colonel's original recipe. try 10 bites with an 8 piece meal for $19.99. [ son ] dad? [ male announcer ] today tastes so good. >>> just a few hours we get to find out which movies actors, and actresses hollywood loved this year. in the meantime here is a look at some of the ones that di
's the price of gas. suddenly sky-high again. >>> there's been another terrorist attack on a u.s. outpost overseas. our own richard engel is there, all of it playing out when we get a new secretary of state. >>> new rules in the ongoing fight over birth control coverage. the president makes an offer. the question is, will religious leaders give it their blessing? >>> and the big game. it's all over, but the shouting, the fans are in place, the excitement is building. oh, but wait. we're talking about the puppy bowl on sunday. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. late today the stock market crossed over something of a mythic mark of the modern era and the dow jones industrials closed above 14,000 for the first time since 2007. and we all remember what happened back then. the stock market has been on a tear of late, gaining almost 7% so far this year. s&p and nasdaq also up. we started the day by learning the unemployment rate had inched up to 7.9% again, while the economy actually adde
enforcement, even food inspection. and there are big worries about how it will hit the u.s. economy. >>> his side of the story. an emotional oscar pistorius in court for the first time. what he says really happened the night his girlfriend was killed. >>> and the brazen diamond heist at the airport right on the tarmac. a huge game of deception, $50 million worth of diamonds gone without a trace. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams." >> good evening. it's an explosive allegation, and it's what we've all been warned about for years since the dawn of the computer age. a u.s. security firm says over 140 targets in this country have been hit electronically by a branch of the chinese military. big companies, you name it, some of the best-known brand names in the u.s. but more troubling than that is the idea that chinese hackers could reach into american society. the systems that run the country, our infrastructure and preserve order like power systems, air traffic, financial industry. it's a sweeping r
new details are emerging about the suicide bomber who attacked the u.s. embassy in ankara killing a turkish security guard and himself. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in ankara with that and developing news out of egypt tonight as well. richard, good evening. >> reporter: we are learning from turkish officials the bomber was a well known militant from a far left group and he served more than four years in a turkish prison, was involved in a hunger strike, and was eventually released from jail for medical reasons. he left the country and then returned from greece on a fake passport, but turkish officials don't know how long he's been in the country. they think he's been in ankara for the last ten days. this isn't the only situation u.s. officials are concerned about in the region. there is also egypt. u.s. officials are worried that ongoing clashes in egypt, including ones in front of the presidential palace, could be a signal that the egyptian government, led by president morsi of the muslim brotherhood is losing control of the streets of egypt, which would be
. president johnson signed the voting rights act in 1965 at the u.s. capitol. fast forward, 48 years. >> i barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> reporter: now with the first african-american president re-elected and more minority in congress and state houses, shelby county, alabama, south of birmingham, says the law renewed in 2006 is so outdated, it's no longer constitutional. >> the america that elected barack obama is not the america of our parents. and our grandparents. >> reporter: the law requires states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval before changing how they conduct elections. all or part of eight southern states are covered. also arizona, alaska and parts of six others. it was used just last year to block strict voter i.d. laws in texas and south carolina. >> it deters and blocks voting discrimination in places in the country where that discrimination has been the most persistent and adaptive. >> reporter: today, the court's four liberals strongly defended it. justice kaygan said the formula for figuring which state needs to be covered seems to be wo
attacks against 141 u.s. companies spanning 20 industries. whose building is it? according to a new report confirmed by u.s. intelligence, it's the headquarters of unit 61398, the cyber warriors for china's peoples liberation army. >> i think it was time to let the world know, it's actually not just from china, it's the chinese government sanctioning these attacks. >> reporter: among the targets of china's hackers, america's very infrastructure. >> now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems. >> reporter: other targets of chinese hackers, familiar brand names like coca-cola, facebook, "the new york times," "washington post" and "wall street journal," and only today, apple. the hackers have user names like ugly gorilla and doda. according to this instructional manual from mandia, the computer security firm that did the study. >> here we see doda logging into one of his operational accounts. he has used this account for spear phishing and generating additional e-mail accounts. >> reporter: what is spear
against u.s. companies. >> reporter: why is china so aggressive? >> china needs to maintain a very high rate of economic development to keep their citizens happy, to keep their citizens willing to tolerate the kind of oppressive government they've got. >> reporter: president obama signed an executive order last week permitting intelligence agencies to share classified threat data with targeted companies. and calling for voluntary standards to protect vital sectors. banking, the power grid, transportation from attacks. many from china. congress refused to pass legislation last year to improve cyber defenses. republicans objected to new regulations and civil liberties groups worried about privacy. how vulnerable is america? only today the state department is investigating whether one of its associated websites was hacked last night by the activist group known as "anonymous." the attorney general today quoted cyber security experts as saying america now has two types of companies. those who know they have been hacked and those who don't know it yet. brian? >> andrea mitchell in our d.c. ne
at this time. >>> also in turkey tonight new details are emerging about the suicide bomber who attacked the u.s. embassy in ankora killing a turkish security guard and himself. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in ankora with that and developing news out of egypt tonight as well. >> reporter: we are learning from turkish officials the bomber was a well known militant from a far left group and he served more than four years in a turkish prison, was involved in a hunger strike, and was eventually released from jail for medical reasons. he left the country and then returned from greece on a fake passport, but turkish officials don't know how long he's been in the country. they think he's been in ankora for ten days. this isn't the only situation u.s. officials are concerned about in the region. there is also egypt. u.s. officials are worried that ongoing clashes in egypt, including ones in front of the presidential palace, could be a signal that the egyptian government, led by president morsi of the muslim brotherhood is losing control of the streets of egypt, which would be a maj
for duty and did his job very well. becoming a highly lethal sniper for u.s. special forces in iraq, later writing a best-selling book about his combat experience. chris kyle, former navy s.e.a.l., was working with veterans with ptsd during an outing at a shooting range when he was shot and killed. he was 38 years old. a fellow veteran has been charged with his murder. >>> american hero was honored today at the white house. president obama awarded the medal of honor to retired army staff sergeant clinton romesha for his incredible bravery during one of the most fierce attacks in our nation's longest war. after today's emotional ceremony in the east room, there are now 80 living recipients of our nation's highest award for military valor. our report tonight from our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: wedged deep into a valley surrounded by soaring mountains, combat outpost keating in eastern afghanistan was a death trap. for staff sergeant clint romesha, it was indefensible. >> every which direction you looked, you were looking straight up at the mountain. >> reporter:
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last september 11th. >>> well, it may be appropriate timing on this valentine's day. a major corporate marriage made official. american airlines and usairways are now one giant airline. the largest in all the world. it's a deal designed to pull american out of bankruptcy and make it better able to compete in the big leagues. but what does it mean for all us air travelers? our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: since 1934, american airlines has been a corporate icon. helping to build new york's laguardia airport, hiring the first female airline pilot, the first electronic tickets. ♪ something special in the air >> reporter: but after years of struggle, it surrendered to bankruptcy protection in late 2011. today, a lifeline in the form of an $11 billion merger with usairways. >> we will once again be an industry leader, worthy of the name american airlines. america's flag carrier. >> reporter: if approved, the deal would make american the world's largest airline. but after so many mergers in recent years, only four airlines,
's revolutionary guard a terror organization. and today, incorrectly referred to the u.s. policy on iran and nuclear weapons as containment. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> engagement is not appeasement. engagement is not surrender. >> reporter: and tonight administration officials tell me that while this was not a perfect performance, they have no indication that democrats have turned against hagel. no sign that his confirmation is in trouble. brian? >> kelly o'donnell on the hill for us tonight. kelly, thanks. >>> the senate also gave final approval today to a measure that would at least put off the debate over raising the debt ceiling. this measure suspends the government's borrowing limit to may 19th. the national debt will be pushing $17 trillion. in other words, it's really washington's version of kicking the can down the road. the president is expected to sign this bill immediately. >>> now to the
the u.s. postal service says delivering the mail on saturdays must stop. if they are to survive. it's one of two american institutions in the news tonight for differing reasons in changing times. we want to begin tonight with nbc's tom costello in glen echo, maryland. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian, no secret the postal service is up to its neck in red ink, handling 30 billion fewer pieces of first class mail today than just four years ago. and guess what? delivery of packages booming because we're all buying stuff online. this action is about just trying to keep the lights on. for people all over america, like 71-year-old lois sexton in tennessee, that mailbox at the end of the driveway has been a reliable connection to the rest of the world. >> that's my communication with the people i have my retirement with, my social security. >> reporter: since 1863, six days a week, rain or shine, letters, bills, government checks, newspapers, even movies, have arrived, even on saturday. now the 21st century with its e-mail, e-cards and e-pay, has come knocking. >> we cannot put ou
, since the time of abraham lincoln. but today the u.s. postal service says delivering the mail on saturdays must stop. if they are to survive. it's one of two american institutions in the news tonight for differing reasons in changing times. we want to begin tonight with nbc's tom costello in glen echo, maryland. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian, no secret the postal service is up to its neck in red ink, handling 30 billion fewer pieces of first class mail today than just four years ago. and guess what? delivery of packages booming because we're all buying stuff online. this action is about just trying to keep the lights on. for people all over america, like 71-year-old lois sexton in tennessee, that mailbox at the end of the driveway has been a reliable connection to the rest of the world. >> that's my communication with the people i have my retirement with, my social security. >> reporter: since 1863, six days a week, rain or shine, letters, bills, government checks, newspapers, even movies, have arrived, even on saturday. now the 21st century with its e-mail, e-card
750,000 square miles. it will hit fully 20% of the u.s. population. 60 million americans. we have it all covered tonight, starting with weather channel meteorologist mike seidel. he's in kansas city, where this storm, by the way, is hitting two days after that huge explosion and fire in the downtown area. but it's just one of the cities in the path. mike, good evening. >> and good evening, brian. so far this storm has been responsible for five deaths here in kansas city. a wall of white rolled through this morning, dumping snow, as much as 3 inches an hour, shutting down the airport and causing a state of emergency. that scene was repeated across many cities and areas of the midwest. armed with snowplows and shovels, the midwest today tried its best to fight back against a wicked winter storm that brought strong winds. near whiteout conditions. even thundersnow. as the deadly system that brought record snow to arizona, oklahoma and texas swept into the great plains today, schools and businesses were closed, and transportation in several states nearly ground to a halt. in kansas, a
information on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last september 11th. >>> well, it may be appropriate timing on this valentine's day. a major corporate marriage made official. american airlines and usairways are now one giant airline. the largest in all the world. it's a deal designed to pull american out of bankruptcy and make it better able to compete in the big leagues. but what does it mean for all us air travelers? our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: since 1934, american airlines has been a corporate icon. helping to build new york's laguardia airport, hiring the first female airline pilot, the first electronic tickets. ♪ something special in the air >> reporter: but after years of struggle, it surrendered to bankruptcy protection in late 2011. today, a lifeline in the form of an $11 billion merger with usairways. >> we will once again be an industry leader, worthy of the name american airlines. america's flag carrier. >> reporter: if approved, the deal would make american the world's largest airline. but after so many mergers in recent years
in afghanistan as a new commander of nato and u.s. forces took over. marine general joseph dunford succeeded general john allen who has been in command for the last 19 months. president obama has nominated allen to be the supreme allied commander in europe. the u.s. and its allies plan to hand over security to afghan forces at the end of next year. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday, new information about a potentially deadly disease that's made a big comeback. >>> and later, why they're all rooting for this big guy as a top contender for best in show. >>> we're back with health news, and concern about a growing outbreak of whooping cough. it's a bacterial infection that can be fatal to very young children, while it was almost gone at one time, cases are now on the rise. nbc's chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman has more on this tonight. >> reporter: 2012 was america's worst year for whooping cough in more than six decades. >> there's a tremendous outbreak of whooping cough across the united states right now. >> reporter: as scientists try to figure out how to better p
but secure. >> reporter: in the rugged terrain south of tucson, arizona, advocates concerned about u.s. border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion-sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed, who cross the border and travel miles north inside the united states. >> you got a trail coming in. >> reporter: it's why rancher david beckham made the painful decision to move his family off his land, 12 miles north of the mexican border, because of all the armed smugglers crossing his property, threatening his home. >> it was unsafe. i couldn't -- i couldn't see raising our children -- you know, i was afraid to let the kids go out, even during the day. >> reporter: residents here in this rugged desert say in the daytime, it is relatively quiet, but all of that changes as night falls and the land comes alive. recently, neighboring rancher jim chilton found a mexican drug smuggler's camp on his land, ten miles north of the border. the next day ther
newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. less than a week before iran and the u.s., along with other allies, are set to finally resume nuclear talks, those weapon inspectors reported today that iran has made good on its threat to start installing advanced centrifuges in its nuclear plant at netans, increases iran's ability to produce enriched uranium which can quickly be converted to weapons grade. the u.s. called this a provocative step. israel quickly condemned it. there is a plus side to this. the good news, the centrifuges are being installed above ground. the report says there is no sign that iran has started operating centrifuges underground in a once secret plant that would be much harder to attack. the inspectors also said iran seems to be capping its stockpile of nuclear fuel to avoid crossing israel's red line of having enough for a bomb. that could create more time for diplomacy, delaying the threat of military action, brian. >> andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. thanks. >>> back in this country, the latest episode of gun violence unfolded in the pred
or serious effort to stop it. in fact, with all of this going on, all of this looming, the u.s. senate made a point of reading george washington's farewell address to the chamber today. something they do every year. but, of course, this is no ordinary time, and to the white house we go. nbc's peter alexander standing by there. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. there is bipartisan agreement on one thing, that those sequester cuts will likely go ahead as planned at the end of this week. the white house and congressional republicans have made no progress toward a deal. while there was plenty of talking today, almost all of it was critical of the other side. the latest in the parade of public officials issuing dire warnings, homeland security secretary janet napolitano asked if the cuts would increase the likelihood of a terrorist attack. napolitano went there. >> we're going to do everything we can to minimize that risk but the sequester makes it awfully, awfully tough. >> reporter: back from a ten-day recess, house speaker john boehner. >> if the president was seri
. and according to the early nielson numbers, an average of 108 million tv viewers in the u.s. tuned in for all or part of the game last night, ranking it the third-most watched tv event of all-time. the host city of new orleans needed a great outing, and they were having one right up until the lights went out. tonight, the questions there continue, including how it is the world's leading super power can't keep the lights on during a football game. nbc's janet shamlian was there for all of it. she joins us tonight from new orleans. janet, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. we were in the superdome when the lights went out and tonight officials don't have much more information than they did in the moments after it happened last night. there are questions about how with all the planning and precautions something like this could have gone wrong. >> half the power in new orleans stadium, the superdome here, is out. >> reporter: call it the blackout bowl. the third quarter had just started when at least half the stadium plunged into darkness. >> please remain in your seats. service will
be flown back to the u.s. >>> still ahead, as we continue on a monday evening, a genuine american hero honored for his extraordinary actions, saving the lives of so many others. an emotional afternoon today at the white house. >>> and later, when they're not cleaning up the streets, these crime fighters are cleaning the windows, making a huge difference for a lot of kids. it's a new day. if your a man with low testosterone, you should know that axiron is here. the only underarm treatment for low t. that's right, the one you apply to the underarm. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18. axiron can transfer to others through direct contact. women, especially those who are or who may become pregnant, and children should avoid contact where axiron is applied as unexpected signs of puberty in children or changes in body hair or increased acne in women may occur. report these signs and symptoms to your doctor if they occur. tell your doctor about all medical conditions and medications. do not use if you have prostate or breast cancer. serious side effects could include incr
in recent years, only four airlines, american, delta, united and southwest, would be left with 70% of the u.s. market. while airfares haven't risen much in recent years, experts worn, less competition could ultimately drive up prices. >> if you're looking out over the next three or four years of your vacation plans you'll average between 5 and 10% increases year over year once you hit 2014. >> concerned about the overall number of flights available, the cost of those flights. >> more and more mergers, prices are worse, choices are less. doesn't add up. >> reporter: for now, both usairways and american will continue to fly independently. passengers will fly the airline on which they're booked. and until the merger is complete, the frequent flier programs will remain separate. ultimately, a combined frequent flyer program could include tens of millions of people with more destinations to choose from, but all competing for that upgrade or the free trip. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> there is news tonight from the world of science. and this could be a day that lasts in medical history.
, with all of this going on, all of this looming, the u.s. senate made a point of reading george washington's farewell address to the chamber today. something they do every year. but, of course, this is no ordinary time, and to the white house we go. nbc's peter alexander standing by there. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. there is bipartisan agreement on one thing, that those sequester cuts will likely go ahead as planned at the end of this week. the white house in congressional republicans have made no progress toward a deal. while there was plenty of talking today, almost all of it was critical of the other side. the latest in the parade of public aofficials issuing dire warnings, homeland security secretary janet napolitano asked if the cuts would increase the likelihood of a terrorist attack. >> we're going to do everything we can to minimize that risk but the sequester makes it awfully, awfully tough. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner. >> if the president was serious, he would sit down with harry reid and begin to address our problems. >> reporter: t
of more than 2,000 u.s. adults over the age of 18 are giving us a revealing look at who in america is most affected. >> all of a sudden, the world is at your doorstep, and there's too many options. and it can be overwhelming. >> i think that people in our age group are more stressed out because they have lots of responsibilities. >> reporter: so-called millennials, those ages 18 to 23, are the most stressed. with 39% saying their stress increased over the past year, and 52% say it's causing them to lose sleep. we reached out to viewers today on facebook for their stories. and within a matter of minutes, hundreds of responses like this one from 24-year-old ally zimmerman who has $84 thousand in student loans. >> many of these students have come out of college or graduate school with horrendous student debt into a job market where there are not many jobs. this has put their life plans, probably, on hiatus. they may be postponing marriage, postponing having a family. >> reporter: millennials are followed by general xors. boomers, 38 to 46 come next, and age 67 and up report levels of stress t
for a man who volunteered for duty and did his job very well. becoming a highly lethal sniper for u.s. special forces in iraq, later writing a best-selling book about his combat experience. chris kyle, former navy s.e.a.l., was working with veterans with ptsd during an outing at a shooting range when he was shot and killed. he was 38 years old. a fellow veteran has been charged with his murder. >>> an american hero was honored today at the white house. president obama awarded the medal of honor to retired army staff sergeant clinton romesha for his incredible bravery during one of the most fierce attacks in our nation's longest war. after today's emotional ceremony in the east room, there are now 80 living recipients of our nation's highest award for military valor. our report tonight from our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: wedged deep into a valley surrounded by soaring mountains, combat outpost c.o.p. keating in eastern afghanistan was a death trap. for staff sergeant clint romesha, it was indefensible. >> every which direction you looked, you were looking st
, a changing of the guard today in afghanistan, a new commander of nato and u.s. forces took over. marine general joseph dunford succeeded john allen who has been in command the last 18 months. president obama has nominated allen to be the supreme allied commander in europe. the u.s. and its allies plan to hand over security to afghan forces at the end of next year. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday, new information about a potentially deadly disease that's made a big comeback. >>> and later, why they're all rooting for this big guy as a top contender for best in show. . transitions® lenses automatically filter just the right amount of light. so you see everything the way it's meant to be seen. maybe even a little better. visit your eyecare professional today to ask about our newest lenses, transitions vantage and transitions xtractive lenses. experience life well lit. ask which transitions adaptive lens is best for you. test. test. test. test. test. test. test.3 f1 test. test. test. >>> we're back with health news, and concern about a growing outbreak of whooping coug
. >>> and later, a sad invasion of privacy for two former u.s. presidents, their family, their friends. the secret service investigation under way. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. i tried weight loss plans... but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help manage hunger... look who's getting smart about her weight. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. hey amermart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. ica, even thoughuncer ] glucerna hunger smart. hey they don't need one, wes, clay, and demarcus tried on the depend real fit briefs for charity to prove how great the fit is even while playing pro football. the best protection now looks, fits and feels just like underwear. get a free sample and try one on for yourself. in that time there've
viewers in the u.s. tuned in for all or part of the game last night, ranking it the third-most watched tv event of all-time. the host city of new orleans needed a great outing, and they were having one right up until the lights went out. tonight, the questions there continue, including how it is the world's leading super power can't keep the lights on during a football game. nbc's janet shamlian was there for all of it. she joins us tonight from new orleans. janet, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. we were in the superdome when the lights went out and tonight officials don't have much more information than they did in the moments after it happened last night. there are questions about how with all the planning and is precautions something like this could have gone wrong. >> half the power in new orleans stadium, the superdome here, is out. >> reporter: call it the blackout bowl. the third quarter had just started when at least half the stadium plunged into darkness. >> please remain in your seats. service will be restored momentarily. >> reporter: this is what it looked like
. results of an online survey of more than 2,000 u.s. adults over the age of 18 are giving us a revealing look at who in america is most affected. >> all of a sudden, the world is at your doorstep, and there's too many options. and it can be overwhelming. >> i think that people in our age group are more stressed out because they have lots of responsibilities. >> reporter: so-called millennials, those ages 18 to 33, are the most stressed. with 39% saying their stress increased over the past year, and 52% say it's causing them to lose sleep. we reached out to viewers today on facebook for their stories. and within a matter of minutes, hundreds of responses like this one from 24-year-old ali zimmerman who has $80,000 in student loans. >> many of these students have come out of college or graduate school with horrendous student debt into a job market where there are not many jobs. this has put their life plans, probably, on hiatus. they may be postponing marriage, postponing having a family. >> reporter: millennials are followed by gen xers. ages 34 to 47 when it comes to stress. boomers, 38
invasion of privacy for two former u.s. presidents, their family, their friends. the secret service investigation under way. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. i tried weight loss plans... but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help manage hunger... look who's getting smart about her weight. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. hey amermart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. ica, even thoughuncer ] glucerna hunger smart. hey they don't need one, wes, clay, and demarcus tried on the depend real fit briefs for charity to prove how great the fit is even while playing pro football. the best protection now looks, fits and feels just like underwear. get a free sample and try one on for yourself. in that time there've been so
of a big u.s. city. the blast felt a mile away. tonight, they're still digging through what's left. >>> storm warning. a huge winter system on the move. a dangerous mix in 18 states, 30 million americans in the path of this one. >>> and hoop dreams for the unlikely star of the high school basketball team crushing the competition, though he's just about half their size. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. growing up in this country, you get accustomed to hearing the united states is the greatest nation on earth and the mightiest military force on the planet. what we don't like is feeling vulnerable, the way we do after we have been attacked. and now that we have learned of a massive cyber attack, electronic espionage allegedly at the hands of a branch of the chinese military, and the kind of attack we've been warned about for years, today the white house took action. the problem is, this wake-up call has already hit a slew of big companies, and could reach into our power grid,
capes and parkas, and $5,000 for a football signed by u.s. presidents. using campaign contributions for these kinds of personal expenditures is way over the line. you just can't do it. >> reporter: jackson's wife sandra was also charged with income tax evasion in the case. i offer no excuses more my conduct jackson said in his statement. i want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends, and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment. jackson resigned last november just weeks after easily winning re-election. while he dropped from public view last year and said he was being treated for bipolar disorder, fbi agents were closing in initially investigating allegations one of his fundraisers offered to raise campaign cash for now convicted illinois governor rod blagojevich in exchange for naming jackson to fill barack obama's senate seat. today at a rally held by operation push, the group founded by his father, family members stood by jackson. we can make it through this period of time. i love my brother. i will stand with him until the end of time. >> reporter: jackso
budget cuts are imposed on the u.s. economy, and the federal government, again, while they have nothing to do with a jury, they are called the sequester, and americans get to judge for themselves who is telling the truth here. the obama administration is close to running out of dire ways to warn of the consequences. the attorney general of the united states actually said today our country is going to be less safe because of these budget cuts. so, if that's the case, why doesn't it feel more urgent amid all the noise here in washington? it's where we begin tonight with our chief white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, we have a new poll out, and it has a simple and clear message -- the american public's patience is wearing thin with washington as it stumbles into yet another manufactured budget crisis. as republicans continue to say he's playing politics, the president was in newport news, virginia, today, a shipbuilding town heavily dependent on military spending. >> these cuts are wrong. they're not smart, they're not fair.
, and we are now within 72 hours until those forced budget cuts are imposed on the u.s. economy, and the federal government, again, while they have nothing to do with a jury, they are called the sequester, and americans get to judge for themselves who is telling the truth here. the obama administration is close to running out of dire ways to warn of the consequences. the attorney general of the united states actually said today our country is going to be less safe because of these budget cuts. so, if that's the case, why doesn't it feel more urgent amid all the noise here in washington? it's where we begin tonight with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, we have a new poll out, and it has a simple and clear message -- the american public's patience is wearing thin with washington as it stumbles into yet another manufactured budget crisis. as republicans continue to say he's playing politics, the president was in newport news, virginia, today, a shipbuilding town heavily dependent on military spending.
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